Forsyth Girl Scouts awarded high honors



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Several honorable leaders of tomorrow walked away Oct. 6 with the highest awards Girl Scouts can offer.

Forsyth South Service Unit held a Court of Awards ceremony at Sharon Elementary School, 3595 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee, for members in six Girl Scout troops who received the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

“We hope that all the girls here will continue to have a great time, and they will learn so many things,” said Troop 1389 Leader Kathy Howard. “We hope that you stick with Girl Scouts as long as you can and go for the gold.”

Howard said Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will hold a more formal ceremony at the Fox Theater in March for the Gold Award recipients, but invited those Gold Award winners back to talk about their projects to younger Scouts.

“These older girls are fantastic role models for the younger girls,” Howard said. “They should all be proud of their efforts working within Forsyth County to help make the world a better place.”

This year, Girl Scouts awarded Amanda Smith of South Forsyth High School its highest scouting honor, the Gold Award.

Smith researched, designed and installed a butterfly garden at Fideles Christian School. The school plans to use it as an outdoor classroom and incorporate it into the science curriculum for students.

“Learning to not take rejection as defect is easier said than done,” Smith said about her project. “But if I am standing here today, there is definitely proof that even I can get over rejection and make something happen.”

Girls Scouts honored the Silver Award to seventh- and eighth-graders from two troops.

Clara Kovacevich of Troop 14222 partnered with the Forsyth County Humane Society by collecting old lines, working at pet adoptions and socializing with the cats.

Makenzi Petrin of Troop 13839 hosted a holiday celebration for children from Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together (SAFFT) House where the kids made crafts and cards for their foster families.

Aubrey Howard, Tara Patterson and Catherine Anne Organ of Troops 14222 and 13839 created an etiquette program for young girls teaching good manners through the use of puppetry, songs and crafts.

Troops 13730 and 10806 won the Bronze Award, which is typically for fourth- and fifth-graders.

Troop 13730 created a Fairy Trail at Sawnee Mountain Preserve to encourage young children to use their imagination, enjoy nature and get exercise.

Troop 10806 created a read-along audio library paired with copies of the books that they donated to a literacy program. The program participants will use this library to read bedtime stories to their children.

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